An escape from Southern California traffic leads to a tasty meal of comfort food in a friendly atmosphere: This Simple Splurge offers a review of Polly’s Pies, a SoCal restaurant chain with cuisine that is far from stereotypical “Californian”.
26 March, 2009From the original blog, Recipes on by : Lauri Tags: beans, broth, crock pot, easy recipe, freezer, kale, soup
Green veggies and white beans in a very easy, very pleasing soup. A great basic recipe that can be dressed up or down, or altered to use seasonal offerings.
18 March, 2009Fixins, From the original blog on by : Lauri Tags: cheap food, combo, easy, leftovers, new cook, noodle, pasta, sauce
Although the word “pasta” still evokes visions of a plate of spaghetti with many Americans, pasta is actually a food of great versatility, easy to learn and easy to play with, even for those who aren’t yet comfortable in the kitchen. If nothing else was learned from the obsessive pastamania of the ’90s, there are
14 March, 2009Apply This!, From the original blog on by : Lauri Tags: cheap food, comfort food, crock pot, easy, easy recipe, freezer, freezer staples, gadget review, healthy food, home cooking, kitchen gadgets, slow cooker, small appliances
An overview of why slow cookers are a small appliance worth adding to your kitchen. If you don’t have one, you’re missing out on some good (shoestring) eats.
13 March, 2009From the original blog, Recipes on by : Lauri Tags: basic techniques, cheap, cheap food, comfort food, easy, easy recipe, home cooking, how to cook, new cook, pasta, recipe, sauces, spices
White sauce, also known as bechamel (“beshamell”), is one of the most basic sauces in a cook’s repertoire. Learning this versatile classic will give you a leg up on a variety of cooking concepts.
13 March, 2009From the original blog, On the Run, Recipes, Staples on by : Lauri Tags: brown bag, cheaper than store-bought, comfort food, easy, eating out less, food finance, home cooking, penzey's spices, recipe, staples, ten minutes or less
Good coffee doesn’t have to come at $4 a cup. This is my version of a popular instant cappuccino mix, at about 1/8 the price. Happy mornings! (…and afternoons, and evenings…)
13 March, 2009From the original blog, Simple Splurges on by : Lauri Tags: coffee houses, long beach, restaurant review, splurge, viento y agua
This Simple Splurge is a wicked visit to a Long Beach coffee house, where caffeine reigns supreme and the chocolate is a very, very close second.
13 March, 2009From the original blog, On the Run, Staples on by : Lauri Tags: cappuccino mix, coffee mix, famiy recipe, make at home, morning, rituals, save money
The joy of morning coffee…and the greater joy of homemade cappuccino mix. It’s good to be miserly.
7 March, 2009From the original blog, Recipes, Staples on by : Lauri Tags: chili, crock pot, curry, easy, freezer staples, make ahead, penzey's spices, slow cooker, spices
This slow-cooking chili recipe isn’t hot, but yields a versatile bean stew that is great on its own, or as the basis of a lot of other meals.
5 March, 2009Fixins, From the original blog on by : Lauri Tags: cheap, feed a crowd, haystack, large groups, layered food
When I was growing up, our family was part of a church community that did a lot of potlucks, and served a lot of “haystacks”. It seems every such community has its own version of this, each with its own name, but they all serve up a tried-and-true meal that fills multiple needs: click the